Baroque December

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time, and I’m learning as I go.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead musical discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some December born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.


Orlando Gibbons

Agostino Agazzari

Christoph Demantius 

William Croft as a choirboy, by Unknown artist, painting, circa 1690

Orazio Vecchi

Manuel Cardoso

Alessandro Piccinini

Michelagnolo Galilei

Henry Lawes


Adam Drese

Johann Rudolph Ahle

Samuel Capricornus (born Samuel Friedrich Bockshorn)

Bernardo Pasquini

Johann Adam Reincken (also Jan Adams, Jean Adam, Reinken, Reinkinck, Reincke, Reinicke, Reinike)

Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco 


Johann Krieger

William Croft

Domenico Sarro (also Sarri)

Francesco Geminiani

  • 12 Concerti Grossi, 1/2 & 2/2

Capel Bond

Antonio Soler 

Daniel Eberlin (transition period)

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

Francesco Scarlatti

Johann Christoph Bach

Lodovico Giustini (transition period)

Michel Richard Delalande (or de Lalande)

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Giovanni Battista Somis

André Campra

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

Giuseppe Valentini

Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch




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